Uganda: Promoting Dignity: HIV Support
Promoting Dignity: HIV Support for Uganda
The HIV epidemic in Uganda has left more than 1 million children orphaned. In some cases, elderly grandparents take up their care, but, for many, it is older children who are suddenly thrust into responsibility as heads of households.
Crossroads’ shipment to partners in the Bogosa region, Eastern Uganda, was hand-tailored to serve as a ‘bridge’ for support community strategies to bring relief from poverty.
Crossroads’ goal for this shipment, as for all, was to make a capital investment in the lives of those in need, not with finance, but with a strategic injection of goods to equip initiatives that will multiply themselves in years to come.
“Your support is a huge investment in the future of our nation.”
Just imagine the number of people who are going to be influenced through the items you’ve donated. When you set up an institution, you solidify a movement.” It was, they said, in keeping with their motto: “Promoting Dignity.”
Medical equipment from Crossroads has revolutionised care at this rural health centre. For the first time, they can offer diabetes and blood pressure tests and have totally upgraded their level of care: “We can now offer inpatient services where clients are hospitalised on proper hospital beds,” they wrote.
“We can give better handling of critical patients with these trolleys. People are flocking to the centre for medical services!”
200 Children received toys, clothes and school books. All are from homes headed by widows or elderly grandparents who struggle to keep their little ones in school. Many of the children had never owned a toy before.
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Population: 37.58 million
Uganda is a fertile, land-locked country in East Africa, in the Africa Great Lakes region, with a tropical climate.
Great progress has been made in fighting HIV in Uganda, but 1.5 million people still live with the disease, and there are 1 million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
39% of girls are married by the age of 18. 37.7% of people in Uganda live below the international poverty line of US$1.25/day.